VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex, Brandon
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.

Friends, Manitobans, builders and sustainers of community spirit – it’s a pleasure to join you tonight for this celebration of volunteers.

We are gathered here on Treaty Two territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree and Dakota peoples, and the homeland of the Métis.

We are gathered to show our appreciation for people who give freely of themselves to improve life in this place we share and call home.

Manitobans have a long and rich tradition of lending a helping hand – going back to the early days of our history when caring for one another was essential to everybody’s survival.

It’s a tradition that lives in acts of generosity that are part of life here – in the groups that band together to push cars out of snow drifts, in the crews that fill sandbags when rivers rise and in that uniquely Manitoban tradition of the wedding social.

It’s a tradition that lives in the thousands of community organizations and activities that depend on volunteers.

There are as many different volunteer stories at this dinner as there are volunteers.

Your volunteer work may be focused on children or seniors, on sports or culture, on health or education. You may help to create and maintain community facilities or support people in need or protect our environment.

You may help to hold special events, plan programs, raise funds or offer oversight and direction at the board level.

But despite the many variations in your volunteer experience and the contributions you make, you all have one thing in common.

At some point, when the opportunity arose to make a difference in your community and in the world, you said “Yes.”

You said yes to a time commitment. You said yes to a challenge. You said yes to opening up your heart.

A motto I have lived by for many years is that the word “yes” is the mother of all possibilities.

Your willingness to get involved has made wonderful things possible in Brandon and throughout our province. And I am sure that it has made things possible for you – new friends, new experiences, new opportunities.

I sincerely congratulate you and thank you for all the good that has come about because of your decision to volunteer. I would encourage you to keep saying yes to life, to community and to making Manitoba a better place.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.